Modern history has been indelibly shaped by World War II, and its importance cannot be overstated. Involving the vast majority of the globe’s nations, it was the deadliest conflict in human history, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.
While World War II remains one of the most studied and talked-about historical fields, there’s so much to unpack that it seems like a truly endless subject. We’re here to break down every angle of the conflict.
Want to learn more about the Holocaust? Discover the courageous acts of Jewish resistance fighters, or the best nonfiction books, ranging from eyewitness accounts to sweeping historical studies of the genocide. Curious about the experience of soldiers? Dive into our military history coverage, including everything from the attack on Pearl Harbor and torpedo-fueled conflicts in the Pacific to the bravery of the Purple Heart Battalion, a segregated regiment of Japanese-Americans. Then there’s the question of women’s involvement in the war, from daring female spies to battlefield nurses to those who entered the workforce for the first time and held the economy together on the homefront.
Wherever your WWII interest lies, we have a story for you—and many more to come.
From the Pacific theater to the coast of France, discover the greatest World War II books.
These spies had murky allegiances.
These technological advancements influenced the outcome of the war.
Cordelia E. Cook paved the way for female service members.
The canned meat gained popularity during WWII and evolved into a cultural icon.
This Jewish refugee took a different approach to armoring planes.
From firsthand accounts to comprehensive studies, these books examine the tragedies of the Holocaust.
Few people were aware of the SOE's existence.
Historian Paul Kennedy chronicles the emergence of a new world order.
The humble bicycle had a suprisingly important role in both world wars.
Now a major motion picture starring Colin Firth, Operation Mincemeat involved a corpse, a fake fiancée, and the successful invasion of Sicily.
By Robert Walsh
He was one of the first to recognize the Nazis were committing genocide.
By Diana La Paz
The accomplished war correspondent was determined to see the action.
By Team Mighty
A picture is worth a thousand words.
By Grace Felder
Their reflections on the tragedy are indispensable.
These conflicts had unexpected outcomes.
The British were trying to disguise a superior new technology.
This Cold War era initiative ostensibly targeted communists.
By Lee D'Amato
A long-forgotten note may hold the answer.
By Grace Felder
These how-to guides will instantly transport you back in time.
By John Tuttle